January Newsletter

 
Dear parent(s)/guardian(s),
The Nesbitt administration and staff would like to wish you and your loved ones much health, peace and happiness for 2017!

Dress Down to Donate Update
I would like to extend my most heartfelt thanks to our students and families for supporting both St. Brendan’s Church and the Spirit of Giving campaign. We collected $260.00 and several boxes which was donated to St. Brendan’s along with 2 boxes for the Spirit of Giving. 

Holiday celebration
A huge thank-you to all our volunteers who helped out during the holiday celebrations.  With the help of teachers and parents, we were able to enjoy a wonderful breakfast while keeping a close eye on our waste collection. With the help of our volunteers, we only produced ½ a bag of garbage.  All other foods and items were either composted or recycled.

Teachers and students also worked hard to reuse and recycle materials for our door decorating contest.  Every class was a winner in my books.  Check out the entries on our twitter page.   

 

Open House      

We are happy to announce our second Open House will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017 (9:00-11:00 am, 12:30-2:00 pm, 
6:30-8:30 pm).
Please invite your family and friends to visit our website for details. Volunteers and school representatives will be available to lead tours and answer questions. 

 

Sibling Registration

Sibling registration will take place from January 30-February 3.   Please call the school in advance to make an appointment with Amanda, our school secretary.
Please refer to the list below regarding the documents needed to register your child:

  • Original birth certificate (long version)
  • Medicare card
  • Vaccination Booklet
  • Birth certificate of parent who attended English school

Students who presently attend Nesbitt do not need to re-register for 2016-2017.  However, should there be a change of address or change of school for 2017-2018, please notify our school secretary in advance. 

 

New Registrations

Registrations for new students will take place from Monday, February 6th to Friday, February 10th, between 8:30am and 2:00pm.  For your convenience, the office will be opened on Tuesday, February 7th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. 

 

Toy donations        

With the holiday season behind, many playrooms, living rooms and bedrooms may be overflowing with toys.  Should you wish to donate any toys to our school, simply have your child bring the donated toys to the main office. Items such as Lego, board games, card games, UNO, etc…can be enjoyed by our students during indoor recess.  

Also, any donation for outdoor winter play would be most welcomed.  Igloo building could be made easy with large yogurt containers, shovels and pails.  Such donations could be sent to the main office as well.  

 

Winter wonderland  

A reminder to parents that students should be dressed appropriately for the winter weather. Students should have the freedom to play in the snow during recess and therefore snowsuits and winter/waterproof boots should be worn. Winter hats, gloves/mittens and a neck warmer (recommended instead of a scarf) must be worn during recess. Also, pair of shoes to be left at school and an extra pair of socks in their lockers is strongly suggested.

 

PELO and Lunch activities

Please ensure that your child has a packed lunch on the days scheduled to participate in either PELO or a lunchtime activity. Regular attendance is also important if we are to continue offering such organized activities.

Registration for the winter session of our lunch activities will be sent to you shortly from our Home and School Association.


 
Family Corner    

The holiday season brings on many new gifts, including smart phones and devices.  It is important for children to be made aware of the safety precautions they must take when surfing, chatting and posting on social media. 

Social Media Safety
Talking with your children about cyber safety can, at times, be difficult.  Our students feel mature enough to participate in the digital world but often do not possess the emotional and social maturity to do so.  Please visit www.getcybersafe.gc.ca for tips and conversation starters.

Age regulation for social media: 
Facebook and Instagram 13 years old, Twitter no age requirement

*Please review the minimum age requirements prior to allowing your child access to certain websites or social media.  Close monitoring of your child’s activity is required at all times.  The school administration is required to intervene should any inappropriate activity involving our students be reported.


Fête des Neiges   Jan. 14 to Feb. 5

Montreal’s Fête des Neiges is gearing up for its 34th annual winter festival.  Parc Jean Drapeau will be packed with outdoor activities for the whole family. Tubing, skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsled rides,  Ferris wheel rides and much more is available for all to enjoy. Most of the activities are free and will run on Saturdays & Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Free Museum Visits
To celebrate the city’s milestone 375th anniversary, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is offering free admission for certain exhibits until January 15. Families can take part in several free art activities and workshops like making paper snowflakes and using digital lighting techniques to create wintry shadow landscapes. For more information, visit www.mbam.qc.ca

 

Inspiration Corner

For the past several winters, Place des Festivals has been converted into a brightly coloured digital playground during Luminothérapie.  Luminothérapie will be set up in the Quartier des Spectacles until
January 29, 2017. For more info, visit: www.quartierdesspectacles.com 


Dates to Remember

January 26: OPEN HOUSE

February 9:  BEST TO YOU CELEBRATION (6:30pm-8:30pm)
*Please note the change of date from Feb.2 to Feb. 9*

 

Wishing you a wonderful month, 
Mrs. A. Scrocca
Principal